At the Richardson dental office of Meredith G. Davis, DDS, we utilize the latest dental technologies to make the dental treatment experience in our office safer and more comfortable. One of the many state-of-the-art dental technologies we use on a regular basis is the 3D CT cone beam scanner. We put this technology to use on a regular basis offering advanced diagnostics and more precise treatment plans. If you want to find out more about our dental technologies or schedule an appointment with us, please call our Richardson dentistry office. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Traditional x-rays use controlled exposure to radiation waves to capture two dimensional images of small areas of the body. For dentists, these x-rays allow us to see specific sections of the smile. 3D computed tomography (CT) scans capture clearer images of the way oral and facial structures function as a whole. Think about the difference between looking at a flat image of one side of a tooth versus being able rotate a 3D image of a damaged tooth to see every facet. CT scans allow us to do just that, and not only for individual teeth, we can see every aspect of the full smile.
We may recommend 3D CT scans to improve the dental care process for patients in a variety of situations, including:
Like other advanced dentistry technologies, 3D CT scans improve the patient experience in our office in a number of ways, including:
Many patients worry that the increased radiation exposure of CT scans is dangerous. However, with infrequent use, these scans are no more dangerous than traditional radiography. The images are captured much more quickly than traditional x-rays scans, so though slightly higher levels of radiation are used, the exposure time is lower. That means you will not need to worry about health risks from your CT scan.